Weak EFCC And Endemic Corruption-PM NEWS Editorial

By PM News, Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, seems to have lost steam and revelations by an insider that there is lack of political will to strengthen the commission is worrisome. At the first annual convention of the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, on Wednesday, a Principal Detective Superintendent at EFCC, who represented Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, EFCC Chairman, disclosed that there is lack of government support for the commission at the moment. The EFCC insider in his personal opinion, disclosed that unlike when Nuhu Ribadu was the commission’s chairman and Olusegun Obasanjo was President, the current administration is not supporting them the same way.

 

As a result, the EFCC is seen by many Nigerians as ineffective, a toothless bulldog that cannot even bark or bite  and even unwilling to bring corrupt people to justice. This revelation is highly disturbing.

 

Corruption is a cancer threatening the progress, unity and prosperity of Nigeria. When public funds are looted and sent to foreign countries or private bank accounts, schools are not built, roads are not constructed, hospitals are left to rot, the entire infrastructure is neglected and the majority of Nigerians are forced to live in squalor and hopelessness. Corruption is the reason few Nigerians live in abundance while the majority of people in our country are denied the basic things of life such as potable water, balanced diet, sound education and proper healthcare.

 

With abundant natural and human resources, lack of electricity or bad roads should not be experienced in Nigeria. Sadly, even countries not as blessed as Nigeria seem to be doing better than us.  Nigerians now spend billions of naira to attend Ghanaian universities or travel for medical treatment in foreign lands. We believe that there is enough money to build the best African universities or hospitals in our country.

 

We cannot continue this way. The only way to fight corruption is to bring to justice those who have looted public funds.

 

Their punishment will serve as a deterrent to others who might be nursing similar plans.

 

The reason the United States of America is so advanced and developed is not because there are no corrupt people in America. It is because the institutions are strong and those who steal from the treasury are prosecuted and severely punished.  But in our country, those who steal billions from the public coffers are hardly jailed.

 

Apart from former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, who was sentenced by a British court, no former governor in Nigeria is currently serving any jail sentence even though most governors were accused of enriching themselves through corrupt means. Former Governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, even secured a court injunction not to be prosecuted even after he was accused of gargantuan corruption while in office. Where in the world is that allowed? Does it mean some people are above the law of the land? Does immunity cover him after he has left office? The injunction which has made the judiciary a laughing stock and perceived as a citadel of corruption must be reviewed so that he could face trial. The judge who granted that injunction should also be probed.

 

We must not wait until the entire country breaks up before we do what is right for ourselves and our children. President Goodluck Jonathan must support the EFCC financially and morally.  He must allow the commission to operate independently.

 

Judges who give permanent court injunctions to corrupt politicians and lawyers who specialize in delaying cases so their corrupt clients will never be brought justice must understand that when everything collapses, it will consume everyone including them and their children.

 

Nigerians must also be willing to expose corrupt elements in the society. EFCC investigators are not magicians. They need to get facts to bring corrupt people to justice and they need the support of those who have those facts.  It is only when we do this that Nigeria can begin to develop.

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Nothing is holding back

Nothing is holding back Lamorde from investigating aunty Peshe or even GEJ himself. The man simply wants to preserve his position. Until we begin to have appointees ready to bell the cat and damn the consequences, we will continue face this disease. Granted that GEJ does not have the balls to fight corruption, did he instruct Lamorde not take some initiatives? To gain freedom, somebody must be prepared to make sacrifices.

millitary have to come in now

Millitary did not even steal our money the way this animal in Agbada does, millary have to stage a serios coup and kill all this animal in suit

very correrct according to Fela of blessed memory

But to correct few things about religion, we have about 13 recognised religion in the world but every Nigerians hide under only 2 religions do do their evil, currupt people are so deep in Nigeria that I can't differentiate men of God or armed robber, may God deliver Nigeria from this clueless and shameless government

Corruption in Nigeria is systemic 2

They said Buhari "fought" corruption when he was in power but of what use is a "fight" against corruption that does not last a day longer than the "fighter"? It is common knowledge that Buhari's "fight" against corruption disappeared the very day he left office. Moreover, while Buhari was "fighting" corruption, 52 suit cases filled with dollars slipped thru at the airport, while over N2billion disappeared into Buhari's pocket while he was at NNPC. Also while Buhari was at PTF, petrol dollars EARNED from the south was DIVERTED to massively reconstruct infrastructure in the north. No single highway was reconstructed or constructed in the southsouth or southeast by PTF under Buhari. What more corruption could be greater than ethnic or religious DISCRIMINATION in allocation of resources?
Only systemic changes can minimise corruption in Nig. Devolve power to the states, allow every state to fully control and harness its resources and pay taxes to the centre. This will breed HARDWORK

Corruption in Nigeria is systemic 2

They said Buhari "fought" corruption when he was in power but of what use is a "fight" against corruption that does not last a day longer than the "fighter"? It is common knowledge that Buhari's "fight" against corruption disappeared the very day he left office. Moreover, while Buhari was "fighting" corruption, 52 suit cases filled with dollars slipped thru at the airport, while over N2billion disappeared into Buhari's pocket while he was at NNPC. Also while Buhari was at PTF, petrol dollars EARNED from the south was DIVERTED to massively reconstruct infrastructure in the north. No single highway was reconstructed or constructed in the southsouth or southeast by PTF under Buhari. What more corruption could be greater than ethnic or religious DISCRIMINATION in allocation of resources?
Only systemic changes can minimise corruption in Nig. Devolve power to the states, allow every state to fully control and harness its resources and pay taxes to the centre. This will breed HARDWORK

Corruption in Nigeria is systemic

Corruption in Nigeria is SYSTEMIC. Systemic problems cannot be "fought" the way some unintelligent critics want. EFCC, ICPC,etc are COSMETIC. Those outside the political class screaming corruption now are just WAITING for their turn to loot. Nig is presently a RENT economy, with 90% of her income generated from oil(FREE oil money). We'r mostly UNPRODUCTIVE. Free oil money BREEDS &SUSTAINS corruption. Moreover, corruption in Nig is AS OLD AS Nig itself, just that it's growing because of FREE OIL MONEY. Those expecting Jonathan or ANY Nigerian leader to wipe away corruption under this present SYSTEM are Jokers and MISCHIEF MAKERS. I'm a realist. Only SYSTEMIC changes can REDUCE corruption in Nig. Devolve power from the centre and make the states stronger AND control their resources. If this cannot be done now due to resistance from the north, the PALLIATIVE alternatives that can help are REFORMS- remove fuel subsidies, use of technology(eg biometrics), privatisation, PPP models,etc

What does this president

What does this president think when he was fighting to be president? Does he think it is only an opportunity to cash in MALABU checks alone? Or why was he shouting he did not cause the problems. Obama came in and solved problems created by Bush. I did not start corruptions, I did not demolish nepa poles. Get the fuck out of that place, clueless and shoeless boat man.

EFCC AND CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA

The major means by which this people loot our treasury is by contract inflation so why is it not possible to determine average cost of 1 kilometer of road in South South for example or any other geographical location. Where this approved cost must be exceeded the government will have to fulfill certain very tough conditions before the Auditor General can clear the transaction for Accountant General can pay.Where this is not followed the Auditor General and Accountant General should face jail term without option of fines.
Secondly, Security vote must be reviewed immediately and removed from the personal control of the Chief Executives.
Thanks.

IS EFCC STILL EXISTING ??????????????

Gone are the days of Ribadu,Gone are the days of Obasanjo...In a country like nigeria,where the EFCC is not independently funded,but have to rely on the government to survive,the govt will always dictate the pace and activities of the commission which hitherto,depends on the dictate from the presidency.
The situation of EFCC today should eventually open our eyes that the Ex-President,Obasanjo actually did his best to fight corruption,in a country where its the norm and practices for decades,but which is now becoming cankerworm in our society.People tends to say,then that OBJ uses the EFCC to fight his enemies,Alas,if your friends and enemies are all corrupt,who would you fight first ? Obviously,your enemies,but with time,your friends also will begin to fear,incase you might turn against them.

CORRUPT GOVERNMENT

Jonathan does not have the political will to fight corruption. Friend of courrupt public officers in and out of Govt. Our courts also do not help matters.

CORRUPT PRESIDENT == WEAK PRESIDENT....

Corrupt President == Weak President == Weak EFCC. QED!

DEAR SIR YOU IRRITATE ME !!

@ EDIRI SAKPERE PLEASE DON'T BRING GOD TO THIS MATTER.ALL OF YOU ARE JUST MOCKING GOD.TELL ME WHAT IS THE PERCENTAGE OF SO-CALLED RELIGIOUS PEOPLE IN NIGERIA? AT LEAST CLOSE TO 95% OF BOTH MUSLIMS & CHRISTIANS ARE IN NIGERIA & THE RATE OF CORRUPTION IS EQUALLY ABOUT 95%.THEN TELL ME WHERE DOES THE CORRUPTION COMES FROM? FROM HEAVEN OR FROM HELL?.I HAVE NOT BEEN TO HEAVEN BUT I AM SURE WE ARE LIVING IN HELL RIGHT HERE IN NIGERIA.MOST OF YOU JUST LIKE TO CALL THE NAME OF GOD IN VAIN.ALL OF OUR SENATORS & REPS ARE EITHER MUSLIMS OR CHRISTIANS,ALL OUR POLICE, ARMED FORCES ARE ALSO MUSLIMS & CHRISTIANS,ALL OUR TEACHERS,OUR PRESIDENTS PAST &PRESENT WERE & ARE MUSLIMS & CHRISTIANS,ALL THE ARMED ROBBERS ARE MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS,ALL OUR LOOTERS IN GOVERNMENT,OUR PASTORS,OUR ALHAJIS,OUR FOOTBALLERS,OUR SISTERS,OUR BROTHERS,OUR MOTHERS ,OUR FATHERS,OUR CHURCHES,OUR MOSQUES ARE FULL OF ROGUES & BIG THIEVES,OUR LAWYERS,JUDGES,ETC ARE ALL MUSLIMS & CHRISTIANS.PLEASE DON'T PROVOKE ME BY MOCKING GOD

Weak EFCC

The Nigerian electorate is a collection of fools.The Nigerian nation had a God given opportunity during the last election to make a better choice for the most important office in the land but they allowed their stupidity to win the day.
You complaine that you are not been accorded your due respect by other African countries.Nigeria is the most populated black nation on earth and the fact that Nigeria is not getting it right,it rubs negatively on other black nations.
Since the assumption of the office of the commander in chief of the armed forces of nigeria,your president continues to embarass the continent
Please Nigeria save us from further embarrassment

Larmode should just

U guys should stop making excuses for the incompetence of Larmode. Even Farida Waziri was far more effective. PM News and Sahara Reporters should do an investigative journalism on the activities of the Maina-led Pension reform Task Force. The revelation from it will convince u that Larmode is not any better than Ibori or Odili. But the press is either lazy or too corrupt or both to play it's watchdog roles. All they do is recycle worn out stereotypes about people. D whole truth is that everyone of them is corrupt and so they can't fight themselves. End of discussion.

una no they rest..how would a

una no they rest..how would a government funded on corruption eradicate corruption as it's.the president is a direct result of a very dubious,serial election riggers.!what would be his moral dictate on corruption??

Jonathan knows nothing than stealing

Jonathan is a corruption. Under his administration Nigeria can't move an inch.

Character of leaders.

What kind of leaders do we have? That determines the state and situation of the country. There is no Love amongst some of our leaders but greed of material wealth and power. I have advocated solutions for the country, which some might not be comfortable with. We will continue to get it wrong, if we follow the way of Man on how to rule, when the answer is steering us in the face. The only way to rule successfully is to 'worship God with all our mind, heart, soul, accept that Christ died for our sins and Love thy neighbour as thyself'. The bible is their to guide us. What have you got to loose?

Blame the Nigerian Judges.

Blame all Nigeria Judges both the past and present and their cohorts the so-called senior advocate of Nigeria. They ate senior advocate of corruption...Nigerian Judges are worst corrupt than Nigerian police.

Nigerian Judiciary is the lost hope for Nigerian man.

JONATHAN IS THE PROBLEM!!

BLAME JONATHAN SIMPLE!
HE IS SO CORRUPT TO THE BONE.
HE IS AFRAID OF BACKLASH IF HE DOES SOMETHING AS HE'S GOT SOMETHING OR MANY THINGS T HIDE.
HE NEEDS TO BE NEUTRALIZED OR VAPORIZED!
NEUTRALIZED OR VAPORIZED HE WILL EVENTUALLY!!
HE WILL NEVER ESCAPE THIS!

You guys are not serious. If

You guys are not serious. If Former Governor Odili secured an injunction against prosecution, Have you gone to the supreme court to overturn the injunction ? Even if his wife is a Supreme court Judge, The Supreme Court verdict is upheld by votes and she is only one Judge amongst many in the Apex Court. So stop your cry baby pity party and pull up your bootstraps!!!

WEAK EFCC: ITS THE WAY FED. GOVT. WANTS IT.

IT IS NOT THE WISH OF THE EFCC TO BE A WEAK ORGANIZATION. THAT IS THE WAY THE FEDERAL GOVT. WANTS IT TO BE. JUST LIKE THE WAY THEY DESTROYED JUDICIAL STRUCTURES? HOW DO YOU EXPECT EFCC AND JUDICIARY TO FUNCTION EFFECTIVELY WITH THE PRESENT MINISTER OF JUSTICE ON SEAT? IT IS JUST IMPOSSIBLE. SOMEBODY THAT WITHDRAWS THE FILES OF HIGH PROFILE CORRUPTION CASES AT WILL JUST TO PROTECT CORRUPT PEOPLE.
HE WILL EXPLAIN BEFORE ALLAH ALL HIS ACTIONS THAT ARE DETRIMENTAL TO THE PROGRESS OF THIS COUNTRY AND THE ORDINARY PEOPLE.

Blame the Oil minister

Start by prosecuting the oil minister and all her private sector buddies who she is sharing money with. This is the central area of corruption in the country. She has absolutely no plans to sort out our refineries or move the sector forward. All she wants to do is to enrich herself and her family members.